Last year I made a tutorial for how to make a rainbow wall hanging and it’s since become one of my most popular blog posts! I thought I would try out some better rope and try it with one small change. It turned out great so I thought I’d walk you through this tutorial in case you want to make one too.
how to make a rainbow wall hanging
Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview on what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:
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- 10′ of 3/4″ twisted cotton rope cut to 27.75″, 25.75″, 23.25″, 21″, and 18.5″
- Light Raspberry Yarn you’ll need around 65′
- Baby Pink Yarn you’ll need around 63′
- Lemon Yarn you’ll need around 61′
- Frosty Green Yarn– it looks like it’s out of stock. Baby Green is similar. You’ll need around 59′
- Aruba Sea Yarn you’ll need around 57′
- Fabric Scissors
- Hot Glue Gun
- Painter’s Tape
step 1- prep the rope
Start by arranging your rope in a rainbow. Or, if you’re using the same rope as I am and wanting a large rainbow wall hanging, cut the rope to 27.75″, 25.76″, 23.25″, 21″, and 18.5″.
Make sure to put painter’s tape or masking tape at the ends before cutting to prevent the rope from fraying. You’ll need good scissors to cut this rope. It is very thick and takes awhile to cut. You kind of have to gnaw away at the rope as you cut through it. The rope that is covered in tape is what will become the cloud/ fringe!
Here’s a close up so you can how I put two pieces of tape next to each other before cutting it.
I ended up deciding that I wanted more fringe than was covered by one piece of tape. So I used two pieces of tape on each end of the arches.
Side note, in the last tutorial, I added wire so that the rainbow will keep its shape. Because I’m using thicker rope, it’ll hold it’s shape without any wire. Yay for eliminating a step!
step 2- wrap the rope in yarn
Next, it’s time to begin wrapping the yarn around the rope. To begin, just tie a knot on one end of the rope.
After you have the knot, start wrapping the yarn up the rope. It will cover up the tail of the knot. Make sure to wrap the yarn tightly as you go up the rope so you don’t leave any gaps.
This is the part of the project that will take the longest. It’s slow, but somewhat calming to keep your hands busy. This is the perfect project while watching a show or during a car ride.
At the end of the rope, right before the painter’s tape, tie a knot at the end and cut the tail off. Position the knot on the inside of the arch so it’ll be covered by the next arch.
Repeat wrapping the yarn over the rope with each color.
step 3- even the ends of the rope
And now, line up the arches all wrapped in yarn. Pay attention to the ends- you want the yarn to end at the same point across all the arches. If they don’t meet up, add more yarn for parts that are too short (like the pink). Or take off yarn that is too long like the yellow. I show in the video in detail if you want a visual for how this works.
You can see on the left side where I took off some of the yellow yarn so that now the ends of the yarn are the same across the rainbow.
step 4- finishing up
Finally, it’s time to line up the rainbow. Use a hot glue gun to connect the pieces together. Make sure to put the glue in on the back so that you can’t see it from the front. If you’d rather, you could also use a needle and thread to sew the arches of the rainbow together.
After the rainbow is glued together, remove the painter’s tape and unravel the rope.
You can use a comb or a pet brush to unravel the the rope. Or you can simply use your fingers to untwist the strands of rope.
My rope ended up being a little lopsided, so I used scissors to trim the clouds to be more uniform.
If you want to be able to hang the rainbow wall hanging on the wall, use hot clue to attach a paper clip to the back of the rainbow. I covered the paper clip with a piece of felt to further secure it.
Ta da! Here’s the finished up rainbow wall hanging! I love that this is a customizable project- you can change the colors and size to fit your home.
The yarn adds some great texture. I think this would be super cute in a nursery or little girls room. Or my dining room ;).
And now, for a special announcement! I am selling rainbow wall hanging kits! Each kit includes the rope cut to size, enough yarn to wrap each arch, and an instruction sheet. This makes it so you can quickly make your own without having to source anything or cut the thick yarn.
I’m so excited to be able to offer this kit so I can send you the materials and you can quickly make one just like this one!
Or you can follow the directions in this post and make your own ;). Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.
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